Colorado Nursing Homes Face Deadly Outbreak of Coronavirus
COLORADO- The coloradosun.com writes that the coronavirus has already killed about 176 residents of nursing homes and senior care facilities in Colorado. Outbreaks of the potentially deadly virus have been reported at 83 of the state’s facilities.*
The deaths at nursing homes have accounted for almost 50 percent of the total deaths in the state. Data indicates that around 628 residents have been shown to have the virus, and 510 members of nursing home staff have tested positive as well.
Some of the facilities, including the Juniper Village at Aurora and another Aurora nursing home, have found that three-quarters of their residents are positive for the virus. So far, ten people at those facilities have died as a result of COVID-19.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment stated that it will now report on nursing home deaths. Previously, the department had been declining requests for information citing federal privacy laws as a reason to deny requests regarding the location of outbreaks.
Now the Governor is saying that the state will be reporting data regarding cases at nursing homes and related facilities, as well as prisons, jails, and other locations as a way to increase transparency. The state has faced criticism for the lack of information, while family members of those in assisted living facilities have been struggling to find information regarding potential outbreaks.
In the case of Juniper Village, the state began an investigation at the end of March, and yet it took weeks before the public learned of the outbreak. A nursing home in Arapahoe County lost eleven patients, eight of whom had confirmed cases, and three who are suspected of having died from COVID-19.
Nursing homes have been hit hard by the virus, leading to the implementation of unprecedented quarantine policies.
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